First Weeks at UTS

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>> ALISTAIR: In your first few weeks of classes your lecturers and demonstrators will generally
tell you what books you will need for the course and what books you might need to pass.
Not all of these books are compulsory, which can be good because some of them are really
expensive. >> PAN PAN: I suggest not to buy them before
your lectures really start. >> ANNE: Lecturers will point you towards
the Co-op Bookshop where you will be able to buy books brand new.
>> PAN PAN: If they are too expensive there is always the library with textbooks to borrow.
>> ANNE: I recommend looking at the second-hand textbook shop. You will be able to find some
textbooks there from previous students at much cheaper prices than you would find in
a new book store. >> RISHABH: If you are buying a text book
and you want a certain edition of it, if you can find, like, a book which has just one
less edition - for example if you want a fourth edition and you can find a second-hand book
for a third edition - I usually do find most of the information is quite similar. But do
ask your lecturer about that. To find a way around uni it can be an overwhelming
experience. Especially for me personally I came from a really small school.
>> ALISTAIR: You will notice signs that are on the walls. They will generally direct you
to the buildings you need to go to. >> PAN PAN: And if you are readily confused
as to where you are going, there will always be security.
>> ANNE: So the first number is the building, then there's level and then there's the room
number. >> ALISTAIR: You can also speak to students
who are wandering around or staff members who you see. A lot of them already know where
all these buildings are and where these classes are.
>> ANNE: When you enrol you'll enrol into your subjects and then you'll get a timetable
generated. You'll be able to go back and find that on My Student Admin, or on My Subject
Activities as well and you can print that out.
>> RISHABH: You'll get an e-mail from the university which will ask you to register
for an enrolment session. >> PAN PAN: Click the link and it'll take
you to the website and you can reset the password. Then you will have an email address or student
number. >> ALISTAIR: Once you have enrolled then you
can go and get your student ID from the Student Centre of your Faculty.
>> ANNE: All around campus you'll find heaps of little computer stations. They're just
scattered around and you'll be able to use those any time that you want.
>> ALISTAIR: All you need is your student number and password and you can log in.
>> RISHABH: Obviously, they’ve got the library they've got plenty of computers over there.
>> ANNE: There's also computer labs and you can go into those, they're just rooms. You
first have to check on the door if there's a class or not. But if not, go ahead.
>> PAN PAN: We have a free internet access here 24 hours a day.
>> ANNE: Wherever there's a desk and a cube you can sit on it and study away.
>> RISHABH: Lectures are aimed to basically introduce the topic.
>> PAN PAN: It normally runs from one hour to two hours.
>> ALISTAIR: Don't stress if you can't stay up-to-date with what the lecturer is saying.
If you can't write fast enough, because a lot of the time these lectures will be uploaded
online. >> ANNE: I wouldn’t recommend missing one,
especially if they are three hours long and you have exams at the end of semester.
>> ALISTAIR: If you are running late, it's not a problem you can just sneak into the
back of the lecture theatre and pick up from where the lecturer is up to at that time.
>> ANNE: I was a bit shocked at first to find that some lecture rooms have doors at the
front. So if you're running late and you come in, you walk in the front and everyone sees
that you're late. >> RISHABH: It's quite normal for, you know,
people to walk in and out of lectures. Obviously lecturers don’t prefer that but it ends
up happening that way. >> ANNE: The attendance isn't marked so it's
a good chance to - for people to not go because they think, what's the point, no one will
miss me. But, yeah, come exam time that will really catch up with you.
>> RISHABH: Tutorials are basically a smaller scale study session which you usually would
find it happens in subjects. Because they are a smaller group you do find it's quite
easy to talk with people in that. >> ANNE: University is a big place there are
lots and lots of students around. I think if you want to make friends and actually feel
like you're a part of the community, your first stop is Orientation. Come along to the
Orientation, you'll be able to find lots of stalls of all the different groups that UTS
offers. >> ALISTAIR: Specific for different people's
needs which may be political, religious, cultural, even just social clubs.
>> PAN PAN: I think it's more than 200 different clubs and societies for you to get involved
in. >> ALISTAIR: There are things like the UTS
Gym and the Multi-Purpose Sports Centre, which run competitive and social sporting activities,
which anyone can sign for. If you are feeling overwhelmed there are counsellors here at
UTS. There are other students who will have gone through the same things that you are
thinking about now. >> ANNE: You'll be able to find that number
on the website. [MUSIC ENDS]